Thursday, June 5, 2014
Nonetheless, if you are a sufferer of katsaridaphobia - fear of cockroaches - you're not going to like these things, harmless as they may be. The cockroaches don't care whether you like them or not. After all, Homo sapiens is just a short-term blip on the evolutionary time scale. From a cockroach's perspective, we have yet to prove ourselves. After all, humans in roughly our modern form and as described as H. sapiens only arose about 200,000 years ago. The cockroaches have been at the game of life for FAR longer than that. Fossilized ancestral roaches date back some 300 MILLION years, and more or less modern blattopterans have been around for some 145 million years. Cockroaches are successful, no doubt about it.
While more than a few people are turned off, often to a great degree, by spiders and roaches, you can't argue with success. These orders of animals have been around longer than many minds can comprehend, and they'll surely be on mothership earth long after Homo sapiens has departed.
Thanks to Dr. Rich Bradley for confirming the identity of the nursery web spider.